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tv   U. S. Senate Votes to Confirm Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary  CSPAN  April 27, 2017 5:59pm-7:18pm EDT

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sr. the presiding officer: without objection. all time has expired. the question is on the nomination. is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the clerk will call the roll. vote:
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vote:
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vote:
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the presiding officer: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote?
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or change their vote? if not, the yeas are 60, the nays are 38. and the nomination is confirmed. the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: the senate is not in order. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order, please. mr. mcconnell: colleagues, it's my understanding that the four corners who are working on the omnibus appropriation are very, very close to agreement. we still need a few days to process the larger bill. the house has posted a one-week c.r. to keep the government open. we're prepared to clear that on this side of the aisle, to clear the one-week c.r. therefore, i ask unanimous consent that the text of a joint
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resolution which is at the desk that is a one-week continuing resolution be printed in the record. further, that if the senate receives a joint resolution from the house, the text of which is identical to the text of the joint resolution printed in the record, the joint resolution be considered to have been read three times and passed and that the motion to reconsider be considered to have been made and laid upon the table. provided further that if the language is not identical, then this order be vitiated. mr. schumer: mr. president, reserving the right to object. the presiding officer: the democratic leader. mr. schumer: thank you, mr. president. colleagues, i'm objecting because we still have to resolve the issue of poison pill riders before democrats can agree to the short-term c.r. now, let's make no mistake about it. we are indeed making great progress. i want to thank the majority leader. he has been cooperative and extremely helpful throughout the process. i want to thank chairman cochran and senator leahy, the same.
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but our position has been clear and it's nothing new. no poison pill riders. the sooner we can resolve this issue, the quicker we can have an agreement on appropriations for 2017, so i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i would only add, not to prolong the discussion, but i don't think the failure to pass a one-week c.r. necessarily impacts the concerns the democratic leader has. but that's his call to make. the one-week c.r. is clear on our side. mr. schumer: mr. president. the presiding officer: the democratic leader. mr. schumer: very simply, there is a simple way to resolve it, and that is the republican leader of the senate, the speaker of the house, just agree to no poison pill riders. i yield.
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a senator: mr. president, mr. president. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: we are, sir. mr. mcconnell: i ask that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispense dispens. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. mcconnell: i'd just like to make sure our colleagues on the other side of the aisle
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know -- the presiding officer: the senate will be in order, please. mr. mcconnell: i'd just like to make sure my colleagues on the other side of the aisle know that if we don't pass the one-week extension, the miners' health care expires. but it is in the one-week extension. but if we don't pass the one-week extension, the miners' health care provision expires. mr. president? the presiding officer: yes, sir. mr. mcconnell: i move to reconsider the vote and move to table the motion to reconsider. the presiding officer: all in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion to table is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate be in a period of morning business withh senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, the senate still not in order.
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the presiding officer: the senate will be in order, please. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today it adjourn until 11:00 a.m. friday, april 28. further, following the prayer prayer and pledge, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the two leaderstime reserved for their use later in i d the senate be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. mcconnell: if there is no further business to come before the senate, i ask that it stand under the previous order following the remarks of senator sullivan. the presiding officer: without objection.
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the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. mr. sullivan: mr. president, are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: we're not. mr. sullivan: mr. president, every week i've been coming down to the floor for now months to recognize someone in my state who has made a difference, someone who has devoted time and energy to making alaska a better place to live for the community, for others. we call these
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individuals our alaskan of the week. alaskan of the week. it covers alaskans from all over the state. as i have said repeatedly in every one of my alaskan of the week speeches, i believe that alaska is the most beautiful state in the country. i'd argue in the world. i urge everybody in the room -- the pages, the presiding officer, folks watching on tv -- to come see for yourself. it will be a trip of a lifetime. i guarantee it. but it's the people that truly make alaska unique, people who are helping each other, people who face tough odds and conquer them, strong willed, warm-hearted, tenacious people who have carved generous lives in sometimes very extreme conditions. so, mr. president, today
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our alaskan of the week is going to be a two two-fer. not one, we're going to do two today. so i'd like to recognize two alaskans. madison england of fairbanks and jennifer troutman of anchorage as our alaskans of the week. mr. president, these are two special athletes who have made all of us in alaska very proud. last month madison and jennifer both returned to alaska with a slew of medals from the 2017 special olympics world winter games in austria. first, these young women did everything in their power, including training their hearts out, to qualify for these world olympic games. and when they got there,
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they excelled. madison won a gold medal in the advanced super-g snowboard race and added a silver medal in the advanced giant slalom. jennifer claimed a silver medal in monday's advanced super g race as well. jennifer has been an athlete with special olympics for 11 years. during her freshman year of high school she participated in bowling, track and field and floor hockey through the partners club. during her junior year, she found a passion for skiing and has been excelling on the slopes ever since, as you can see from these incredible medals from the special olympics. she also works at petco during her free time. madison has part of special olympics for seven years. aside from sports she enjoys other hobbies to
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include playing the cello, camping, fishing and caring for an animals. she's proud of her dogs and hats three of them. she -- and has three of them. she also loves to make jewelry. she says it's her favorite hobby. she has also won the good citizens award from the daughters of the american revolution. mr. president, since its founding nearly 50 years ago, and subsequent growth to all corners of the globe, the special olympics has brought hope and joy and self-esteem to countless children and adults with intellectual disabilities and of course to their families, and to their friends, and to their supporters like me. special olympics has shown what can happen when a group of people get together and sweat it out and work hard in the name of fair competition, camaderie and perseverance. these special olympians,
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all special olympians really, make us in alaska proud. i want to thank jim bellamay chi, the special owe olympics alaska head for many years and his team for giving so many alaskans a chance to get on the field, the slopes and experience the sports for all. in alaska, we love our special olympics athletes. they are an inspiration to all of us, whether it's when they are competing or even participating in the polar plunge in the icy waters of alaska every winter to raise money for special olympics. congratulations again to jennifer and madison on your hard work and incredible achievements and representing alaska so well. congratulations.
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you've earned it being our alaskans of the week. mr. president, i yield the floor.
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a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s. con. res. 14 submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. con. res. 14, authorizing the use of emancipation hall in the capitol visitors center for an event to celebrate the birthday of king kamehameha the first. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. sullivan: i further ask that the resolution be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of h. con. res. 35 which was received from the house. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h. con. res. 35
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authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the national peace officers memorial service and the national honor guard and pipe band exhibition. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of h. con. res. 36 which was received from the house. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h. con. res. 36, authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the greater washington soapbox derby. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceed to the measure? without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, and the motion to reconsider be
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considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the judiciary committee be discharged from further consideration and the senate now proceed to s. res. 127. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 127 supporting the goals and ideals of take our daughters and sons to work day. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. the committee is discharged and the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. sullivan: i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to and that the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the commerce committee be discharged from further consideration and the senate now proceed to s. res. 132. the presiding officer: the clerk
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will report. the clerk: senate resolution 132, congratulating the ash land university women's basketball team for winning the 2017 national collegiate athletic association 2 championship. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. the committee is discharged and the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and that the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s. res. 145 submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 145, designating april 2017 as financial literacy month. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the
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measure? without objection, the senate will proceed. mr. sullivan: i further ask that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s. res. 146 submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 146 designating april 30, 2017, as el dia des young ninos celebrating young americans. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: i further ask that the resolution be agreed to and the motions to motion to reconse considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the
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appointment at the desk appear separately in the record as if made by the chair. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sullivan: mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. mr. sullivan: mr. president, just to clarify on s. res. 127, the unanimous consent request was that the help committee be discharged from further
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consideration of s. res. 127. the presiding officer: so noted. mr. sullivan: i yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. >> today, and the senate alexander acosta was confirmed as labor secretary. he was formally appointed by president george w. bush to the national labor relations board and has served as the dean in florida international college of law. again, the confirmation today voted on in the center. also majority leader mitch mcconnell we heard a short time ago asked for unanimous consent
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that the senate consider continuing resolution approved, once it receives it from the house, that continuing resolution to fund the government for another week passed the friday deadline. but, the minority leader came to the floor, chuck schumer objected to that unanimous consent request. so, we are back tomorrow and temporary governmental funding to be discussed again on the floor of the senate. meanwhile, the house committee has had that cr under consideration today and a boat is considered on the house floor on friday. the senate is back friday at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. our live coverage when senators return here on c-span2. >> sunday on q&a, the house of truth, washington political salon and a foundation of
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